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Motorist follows suspected drunken hit-and-run driver nearly 4 miles

Motorist follows suspected drunken hit-and-run driver nearly 4 miles

A concerned driver followed a vehicle nearly four miles in Madison after he told police he saw the vehicle strike a car and a van Monday night, police said.

The Madison Police Department said a person driving near the 2300 block of Calypso Road on Madison's north side followed a suspected drunken driver beginning at 8:27 p.m.

According to the report, the uninvolved driver and passenger saw a vehicle rear end an occupied car and a parked van and drive off. The concerned driver followed the vehicle, suspecting the driver was intoxicated, about four miles southeast where the alleged hit-and-run driver pulled into a West Corporate Drive parking lot.

The car was seriously damaged, police said. One tire was gone and the vehicle had been driving on a rim. The driver walked away and the two citizens followed on foot, staying with the suspected drunken driver until police arrived.

Police, East Wash businesses partner to thwart repeat crime

Police, East Wash businesses partner to thwart repeat crime

Madison police said Wednesday the north district station is partnering with East Washington Avenue businesses to work against repeat offenders in the area.

Police said officers have started a list of people who are banned from area businesses on the stretch of avenue from Milwaukee to Marquette streets. The ban list is in response to what Officer Dave Dexheimer called "chronic disorder" that's been prevalent on East Washington for the last several years.

People who are arrested at one of the participating East Washington Avenue businesses for any of a variety of offenses will be placed on the list for a year. That person is not only banned from the business where the offense took place, but all the other businesses participating in the Collective Community Ban Program, police said.

The program was organized to deter repeat offenders, decrease offenses and increase safety, according to the department.

Police: Purse snatcher punches woman in face

Police: Purse snatcher punches woman in face

A woman was punched several times in the face by a woman who took her purse from her, according to a release from Madison police.

The 40-year-old victim told police she was walking along Northport Drive near Troy Drive Saturday night when she crossed paths with two other women. She said one of the women grabbed the strap of her purse.

The struggle for the purse ended when the robber began punching the woman in the face.

The victim told police the second woman was rooting the first woman on but didn?t get involved.

The robber is described as black, in her early to mid-20s, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 220 pounds with a heavy build and orange tinted hair worn in a bob style. She was wearing a white and pink top.

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Madison police chief, district officials to host community forums

The Madison Police Department has scheduled community forums to stay engaged with questions and concerns of residents, according to a release.

The sessions will be an opportunity to provide police officials and MPD Police Chief Mike Koval with direct feedback, officials said. There will also be a representative from the district to talk about specific neighborhood issues.

2 arrested in connection to gang-related incident on bus

2 arrested in connection to gang-related incident on bus

A man who allegedly pulled out a firearm during a gang-motivated fight on a Madison Metro bus was arrested Wednesday, according to a release.

Madison police said an investigation into the July 29 incident by the Crime Prevention and Gang Unit led to the arrest of two suspects.

The gun was drawn during a fight between four men, which was caught on surveillance video as the bus arrived at the North Transfer Point, according to the release.

CPGU members developed probable cause to arrest Leon MA Tunstall, 21, of Madison, and a 15-year-old Madison boy, whose name was not released.

Tunstall and the 15-year-old were found playing basketball at Warner Park just after 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said. Both were arrested after a short foot chase.

Annual safety demo event returns to Capitol Square

Annual safety demo event returns to Capitol Square

An annual event hosted by area public safety groups returns to downtown Madison this weekend.

Each year, Safety Saturday provides an opportunity to demonstrate safe behaviors and teach people how to live, work and play safely, according to a city notice.

The event runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on the Capitol Square and includes interactive demonstrations for all ages, organizers said. 

Safety Saturday is a cooperative effort between the City of Madison Fire Department and more than 25 public and private organizations throughout Dane County, fire department spokeswoman Bernadette Galvez said.

The event educates people of all ages, teaching them how to make safe decisions, prevent injuries and use devices such as seat belts, bike helmets, AEDs, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

Police: Bone exposed after knife attack

Police: Bone exposed after knife attack

A 25-year-old Madison suffered knife injuries to his head and arm during a disturbance inside an apartment Thursday morning.

Police were called to the apartment in the 3800 block of Orin Road at 3:05 a.m. and found the victim with injuries, including a cut to his arm exposing bone.

Police said several men stay at the apartment and the victim wasn't fully cooperative with police.

The man was taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

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